Roma Cup

The Roma Cup is a Group 3 sprint race held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth during the autumn - winter racing season.

2021 Roma Cup Results

  • 1st: #9 Money Matters
  • 2nd: #3 Elite Street
  • 3rd: #14 Dance Music



The Roma Cup is a Group 3 race that is held annually in May at Ascot Racecourse in Perth. Contested under weight for age conditions over 1200m, the Roma Cup is a key sprint held during the autumn racing season in WA.

The headline attraction of Roma Cup Day, the Roma Cup offers an increased $200,000 in total prize money as of 2021 and is open to horses aged two-years-old and over. Runners that contested earlier black-type sprints over the autumn season as well as those that may have performed in the summer’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) the previous November line-up in the Roma Cup field.

Horses out of the Roma Cup often back-up in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) run over 200m further in a fortnight’s time under the same weight-for-age conditions.

The 2021 Roma Cup ran on Saturday May 15, 2021 and was won in an upset by Money Matters at 25/1. 

Roma Cup 2021
Date: Saturday May 15, 2021
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO+ WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Roma Cup Results

  • 1st: #9 Money Matters
  • 2nd: #3 Elite Street
  • 3rd: #14 Dance Music

The Adam Durrant-trained Money Matters ($26) franked the form out of the Northam Stakes, the progressive four-year-old improving on a lead-up third in that event to score a narrow upset over the beaten favourite Elite Street ($4.20F) and Dance Music ($7.50) with less than a head separating the first three past the post in the 2021 Roma Cup results in a true blanket finish.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 9 MONEY MATTERS Adam Durrant Joseph Azzopardi 8 58.5kg $26
2 3 ELITE STREET Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 0.09L 5 58.5kg $4.20F
3 14 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 0.1L 6 56.5kg $7.50
4 15 FLIRTINI Simon A Miller Peter Knuckey 0.62L 7 56.5kg $6.50
5 6 CUP NIGHT Bernie Miller Patrick Carbery 0.67L 9 58.5kg $6
6 2 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Brad Rawiller 0.98L 13 58.5kg $12
7 8 FREE TRADE Michael Lane Ms Kyra Yuill 2.74L 1 58.5kg $21
8 13 UNI TIME Sharon Miller Alan Kennedy 2.91L 11 58.5kg $61
9 16 SHE’S ALIGHT (NZ) Alan Mathews Shaun O’Donnell 3.44L 3 56.5kg $31
10 1 ROCK MAGIC Chris & Michael Gangemi Jarrad Noske 3.81L 12 58.5kg $12
11 7 MASSIMO Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter 4.06L 2 58.5kg $8
12 10 CAROCAPO Jim Taylor Jason Brown 5.26L 4 58.5kg $26
13 4 TAXAGANO Fred Kersley Troy Turner 5.73L 10 58.5kg $81
12 FLOYD Chris & Michael Gangemi Shaun McGruddy 0
11 WINDSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 0
5 THE VELVET KING Darren McAuliffe Mitchell Pateman 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Roma Cup Odds

The season’s latest Roma Cup 2021 betting odds and links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

2021 Roma Cup Field

The Roma Cup field has a capacity of 16 starters when run at Ascot Racecourse and attracts the season’s in-form local sprinters, with few interstate raiders making the trip west for the event. Horses may have had an earlier run in a race like the Listed Northam Stakes (1100m) or be first-up after a Perth Summer Racing Carnival campaign.

The official Roma Cup 2021 field & barriers are released the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Roma Cup field features 16 weight-for-age hopefuls including veteran 11-year-old Rock Magic and his last start conqueror in the Group 3 Northam Stakes Cup Night.

  • Scratchings Update: Former favourite #11 Windstorm (1) has been withdrawn and is out for the remainder of the winter having been found to have mucas. #12 Floyd (11) has also been withdrawn from the 2021 Roma Cup field with Elite Street the new favourite. 
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 93x0x353x2 ROCK MAGIC Chris & Michael Gangemi Jarrad Noske 15 58.5kg 110
2 22x61707x4 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Brad Rawiller 16 58.5kg 105
3 1Dx111x809 ELITE STREET Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 6 58.5kg 108
4 x18700748x TAXAGANO Fred Kersley Troy Turner 13 58.5kg 95
5 0x2223x70x THE VELVET KING Darren McAuliffe Mitchell Pateman 10 58.5kg 107
6 x4x24660x1 CUP NIGHT Bernie Miller Patrick Carbery 12 58.5kg 102
7 21211130×6 MASSIMO Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter 3 58.5kg 99
8 11x51060x0 FREE TRADE Michael Lane Ms Kyra Yuill 2 58.5kg 100
9 1131100×03 MONEY MATTERS Adam Durrant Joseph Azzopardi 9 58.5kg 99
10 x9113244x7 CAROCAPO Jim Taylor Jason Brown 5 58.5kg 98
11 111421150x WINDSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1 58.5kg 102
12 216x170x88 FLOYD Chris & Michael Gangemi Shaun McGruddy 11 58.5kg 93
13 60x65539x9 UNI TIME Sharon Miller Alan Kennedy 14 58.5kg 100
14 x83010311x DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 7 56.5kg 100
15 40x05812x5 FLIRTINI Simon A Miller Peter Knuckey 8 56.5kg 104
16 855126169x SHE’S ALIGHT (NZ) Alan Mathews Shaun O’Donnell 4 56.5kg 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Roma Cup Nominations

The Roma Cup 2021 nominations are announced the Tuesday leading-up to the race.

Roma Cup History

The Roma Cup was first run in 1966, with Summer Storm claiming the inaugural victory. Initially run as a principal race over 1400m (1600m in 1974), the Roma Cup received Group 3 status in 1980. At this time, the race length was adjusted to 1200m where it has since remained.

Due to its favour with local horses, some names can be found over several years amongst the Roma Cup results. Grand Nirvana won in 2009, placed third in 2010, won in 2011, placed third in 2012, and while he didn’t run in 2013, he will be making a bid for a third victory in 2014. Luckygray, well known WA horse, won in 2012. Power Princess returned from a second place in 2011 and a scratching in 2012 to seize victory in 2013.

For the 2017 edition, the Roma Cup moves from Belmont Racecourse to Ascot Racecourse.

Roma Cup results since 2000 are detailed below.

Roma Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Roma Cup
1st Money Matters 1 minute 10.97 seconds
2nd Elite Street
3rd Dance Music
2020
Roma Cup
1st Vega Magic 1 minute 11.05 seconds
2nd The Velvet King
3rd Durendal
2019
Roma Cup
1st Vital Silver 1 minute 10.64 seconds
2nd Galaxy Star
3rd Great Shot
2018
Roma Cup
1st Rock Magic 1 minute 10.17 seconds
2nd Battle Hero
3rd Durendal
2017
Roma Cup
1st Rock Magic 1 minute 12.5 seconds
2nd Military Reign
3rd Durendal
2016
Roma Cup
1st Battle Hero 1 minute 10.54 seconds
2nd Magnifisio
3rd Lukcygray
2015
Roma Cup
1st Luckygray 1 minute 12.2 seconds
2nd Dawn Approach
3rd Fuchsia Bandana
2014
Roma Cup
1st Magnifisio 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Elite Belle
3rd Checkpoint
2013
Roma Cup
1st Power Princess 1 minutes 10.6 seconds
2nd Ranger
3rd Playing God
2012
Roma Cup
1st Luckygray 1 minutes 11.1 seconds
2nd Our Ol’ Fella
3rd Grand Nirvana
2011
Roma Cup
1st Grand Nirvana 1 minutes 10.3 seconds
2nd Power Princess
3rd King Kool Kat
2010
Roma Cup
1st Vain Raider 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Idyllic Prince
3rd Grand Nirvana
2009
Roma Cup
1st Grand Nirvana 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Kens Double
3rd Sheenasaidgrey
2008
Roma Cup
1st El Presidente 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Arctic Park
3rd Oroya Gold
2007
Roma Cup
1st No Questions 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Star Laser
3rd Scuffs
2006
Roma Cup
1st Is Amazing 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Electic
3rd River Mist
2005
Roma Cup
1st Avenida 1 minute 12.9 seconds
2nd River Mist
3rd Ambers Halo
2004
Roma Cup
1st Modem 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Cento
3rd Golden Delicious
2003
Roma Cup
1st Tribula 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Suspicion
3rd Dark ‘n’ Dangerous
2002
Roma Cup
1st Kaprats 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Corporate Bruce
3rd Cool Business
2001
Roma Cup
1st Secret Remedy 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd Prince Of Pop
3rd Country Blazer
2000
Roma Cup
1st Star System 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Double Blue
3rd Corporate James

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